Frequently Ask Questions

Application process
Health & Safety 
Money Matter 
Field Support and Supervision 
Materials to Bring 
Gifts for Project


Application Process:

Please read TIG’s Volunteer Travel's 4 steps of application

  • There is only one option for applying to volunteer in Ghana through our program. You will have to apply online by filling an application form. TIG does not charge application fees because it is sponsored. You are expected to pay half deposit of the total amount towards your accommodation and food and this has to be reserved early. ( within 14 days of your confirmation of placement)
  • Once we get your application, we will immediately process it. We go over your application carefully and find the best location for you. All volunteers stay in our safe house that also accommodates the Head office of VPWA a few stretches away. The details of your placements, we pass it on to you. The placement details have local contact information use them for contacts on your Visa application. You should not hesitate to contact us anytime during this process.
  • Preparation for trips should include reading about Ghana, immunization, travel Visa (entry permit), and booking airfare. If you face any problems our coordinators are ready to assist you 24/7.
  • Now, once you purchase your ticket, send your flight information to our office by email. We will arrange your free airport pick up!

Visa :

Though volunteers can get visa upon arrival in Accra, we very strongly suggest volunteers get a tourist visa in their home country before departing for Ghana. It saves your time and hassles of filling forms, and waiting in long lines in the Accra airport.

Health and safety :

Volunteers should be aware of all health and safety information before traveling to Ghana. We suggest you visit some of the websites listed below.

WHO website for international travelers ( )

General Health Tips for Ghana

• Dress conservatively. Don't wear expensive-looking jewellery. . As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence.

• Carry the minimum amount of valuables necessary for your trip and plan a place or places to conceal them. Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in your big bags.

• When you leave your home country, you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. Therefore, before you go, learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the places you plan to visit. On arrival, TIG of VPWA will take you through some orientation. But generally feel comfortable, Ghana is great place with so much freedom.

Vaccination :

You can use Center for Disease Control traveler's health recommendations ( Consult a travel doctor about current epidemics and health risks.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to West Africa including Ghana . Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid

Required Vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into Ghana . For detailed information, see Yellow Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and Prophylaxis, by Country .

Money Matter :

What is the exchange rate? Where should I change my dollars? Can I use debit card or credit card? Should I bring travellers checks?

Exchange Rate vary from time to time. You are encouraged to visit to determine up to date exchange rate of your home currency and that of Ghana.

It is safe to use your VISA ATM card at ATM’s in Ghana. You are however cautioned not to use it for payment in shops. For this reason, visa ATM cards, cash and travellers checks are suggested to settle most accounts. You will have trouble paying with traveller’s checks, but you will be able to exchange them at local banks .Traveller’s checks are safe way to carry money with you but it can take weeks to get your money from the bank sometimes, make sure you write down the check numbers and contact information you need to cancel stolen checks. Different brands of traveller’s checks work better in different countries so consult your local financial institution about which company you should buy your checks from.

Travellers should have a credit card for large and emergency purchases so you won't go broke if something goes wrong. If you've requested a pin number for your credit card, you can use it to get cash advances at the ATM.

You can also carry a debit card that can be used at ATM's to withdraw local currency. When using ATM's, be advised to bring a friend along, travel directly from the bank back to your home and stash your cash. Find a private, well disguised place to hide any cash. When you are carrying cash, break it up into different amounts and keep it in different pockets so if you get robbed you won't lose everything. You can give your money for safe keep to the Director of TIG-VPWA only and no other employee or colleague.

Field Support and supervision:

How does TIG-VPWA help me when I am in the field? How can I maintain communication? Does TIG-VPWA visit volunteers?

Because we are a local organization and your safe and comfort in your service to Ghana’s Education here is our priority. We maintain constant communication daily with out volunteers. VPWA office is also near to where volunteers’ live and you can come by the office anytime to use internet and interact with staff and other volunteers. We maintain a highly cordial friendship with our volunteers. You are considered a partner and not just an ordinary volunteer. This is our mark that makes us different from other organizations

Communication :

How do I communicate with my family? TIG-VPWA staffs? Is there internet?

Volunteers are request to bring their mobile phone. Once you arrive in Ghana, you can change SIM-card and use the SIM card that was sent to you by TIG coordinator. This is the perfect way to stay in touch with your family. Internet access is available at VPWA office and volunteers can come to use it for free. There is an internet café in the suburb of Pokuase where our volunteers will stay too. If you are staying for longer, you can bring your laptop and enjoy our free Wi-Fi set up. Most Internet Café are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Saturday. Prices are very inexpensive. International phone calling is easy in Accra from any SIM card including the one send to you by VPWA. TIG Coordinator will orient you on how to load credit on your phone and use it in calling.

Climate of Ghana:

Yahoo Weather forecast ( )

Weather channel ( )

Weather Underground ( )

Ghana has a tropical equatorial climate, which means that it's hot year-round with seasonal rains. In the humid southern coastal region, the rainy seasons are from April to June, and during September and October. Throughout the year, maximum temperatures are around 30`celcius, dropping three or four degrees during the brief respite between rainy seasons. The humidity is constantly high, at about 80%. In the central region, the rains are heavier and last longer. In the hotter and drier north, there is one rainy season, lasting from April to October. Midday temperatures rarely fall below 30`celcius, rising to 35` and higher during December to March when the Harmattan wind blows in from the Sahara. At this time, dust particles hang heavily in the air making it constantly hazy, and temperatures plummet at night.

Source: Lonely Planet West Africa

Materials to Bring

Most of stuffs of daily use are available in Ghana at a cheaper price. However, we suggest volunteers pack the following things.

• Camera
• Mobile phone (you can use mobile phone after changing sim card)
• Mosquito repellents
• Insect repellents
• Sun-block
• Some books about Ghana 
• Map of Ghana
• Toiletries
• First aid kit
• Flash light
• Electricity adopter/converter
• Sun glasses
• Footwear (for work and travel)
• Towel

Gift for Project

It is a common courtesy to bring a small gift for the school. Please bring pencils, pens and paper, art supplies like markers and construction paper pads, and games. Remember that every child will need these items so you may wish to bring a bunch of one thing.